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Calpurnia’s Misfortune – ten minute quirky comedy

ten minute quirky comedy


Calpurnia is first and foremost married to Oliver. All the other stuff comes second. All she asks is that he is home for dinner. On time. Tonight she has prepared a lovely lasagna. And he’s late….! It’s true that she married him for his money, but in her way, she loves the routine and predictability of him coming home. Half a bottle of wine later and she’s very worried in this ten minute quirky comedy.

Oliver is attracted to his wife. Especially when she’s cross with him for being late. He’d love to be home with her right now, and not being muscled by five burly suspicious looking guys into the trunk of a car and being dragged into an opium den run by his former room mate. But there he is. And he knows why….

A quirky comedy with a smattering of romance. Because even opium dealers need a little love in their lives!


Holliston High School, MA, USA – 2019


Author: Nina Berggren

Type: One act play, ten minute play

Genre:  Ten minute quirky comedy

Cast: 2M, 1F, 5 bodyguards (non speaking)

Ages of the actors: Adult

Suitable for: Teens up to perform and watch

Length: Ten minutes

Set: The stage is divided in two. On stage right is a kitchen and a kitchen table.  On stage left is a warehouse and makeshift opium den.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the humor lies in the same story from two different aspects told in two different ways. 

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Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script

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Copyright © February 2019 Nina Berggren and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other quirky plays you may enjoy:

Thirds – suburban satire about literally dividing the house you inherit
The Cindy Variations – a coming of age comedy
Cheeky. A comedy about a bottom

Barfly – ten minute romantic comedy script

ten minute romantic comedy


Patrick has invited a girl he met online out for a date to his local bar. Although he’s never seen her, he felt that they clicked online and tonight’s the night they meet in person. So when she doesn’t show up and is now ten minutes late, he gets talking to another girl, who promptly whips him at his favorite arcade game in the pub. But where is Patrick’s mystery date in this ten minute romantic comedy script?


Some Small Show at NCC, MA, USA – 2022
Some Small Show at NCC, MA, USA – 2023
Edenvale Amateur Dramatic Society, Edenvale, South Africa – 2023

Read other plays by playwright Chris Cartwright – The Best selling, ‘Awaiting Patients’ – a comedy about waiting in the doctor’s room for a patient who never arrives.

Author: Chris Cartwright

Type: Ten minute plays, short one act plays

Genre: Ten minute romantic comedy script

Suitable for: Adults to perform but whole family can watch

Length: Ten minutes

Set: The counter at a bar/pub with bar stools and a bar tender pouring drinks

Level of difficulty: 6/10 – short, fun easy script – character parts

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Copyright © January 2019 Chris Cartwright and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other plays about blind dates:

Waiting – a blind date in a library goes wrong. And then right
Static – short monologue by a girl who hates exercise set up with a persona trainer on a blind date
A Blind date – short American comedy about two misfits who try go on a blind date

The mirror – a collection of ten minute plays

collection of ten minute plays


Intended as an evening of dinner theatre or for a charity performance, this collection of ten minute plays combines six stories which are linked by a common theme: A mirror. Old, tarnished and apparently priceless. We follow the journey of the mirror through the evening. From the burglary where the burglar steals it for his wife, to the thrift shop where the wife (who never really liked it anyway) dumped it, to the purchase of the mirror by a rich old lady, certain of its value and antiquity. The old lady passes away and then the mirror gets bought from her estate by a young girl. We then see the mirror in the girl’s apartment, in a shop front window at a travel agent and finally getting sold by two homeless people who are convinced they’ve just pulled off the biggest scam of their lives.

Bar the short introductory piece, each play stands well on its own. rare collection by best selling and award winning American playwright Jean Blasiar. This play is available both in digital and printed format.


Johnson High School, TX, USA – 2022 – THE PLAY ‘MOVING ON’

Read about playwright Jean Blasiar. Other plays by Jean – Sticky – ten minute farcical comedy about a cheating spouse

Author: Jean Blasiar

Type: Collection of ten minute plays

Genre: Comedy

Length: In total around sixty minutes. The introduction is about 4-5 minutes long and the remainder of the plays are approximately ten minute each.


Robbery: 2M
Thrift Store: 2F (1M non speaking)
Moving On: 1M 1F
Am I Good: 2F 1M
Read about it: 3M 2F
The Intruder: 1M 2F

Ages of the actors:

Robbery: Adult
Thrift store: 2 middle aged, 1 middle aged to older
Moving On: 1 young F, 1 young M
Am I Good: 1 middle aged, 1 young woman, 1 teenage boy
Read about it: 2 older M and F, 1 younger M and F, 1 older M
The intruder: 1 young F, 2 older M and F

Suitable for: All ages

Set: There are small scene changes between each play. The sets are a follows: The interior of a house at night, a thrift store, an apartment (empty), an apartment (normal), outside a travel agents and the deck of a ship, anywhere outside.

Level of difficulty: 7/10 – the plays are fun and easy to perform and are well written. Take care not to over complicate sets or scene changes could make the evening longer.

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Cost is $14.00 for the digital collection

Cost is $21.00 for the printed script

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Copyright © October 2017 Jean Blasiar and Off the Wall Play Publishers

Like this anthology? Read other plays from anthologies and full anthologies:

Art Talk – comedy sketch for three actors
The Dark Chronicles of the Golden Raven Society – horror anthology
But I’m French – comedy for 1M 1F from “Ugly Art”

The End of Class – Comedy sci-fi script for high school students

comedy sci-fi script for high school students


It’s first period, April 1 in this script for high school students.  The students are sitting in their TV Production/Media classroom waiting for their teacher, Mr Best, to begin the lesson. The bell rings and he leaves the classroom only to return a few seconds later clearly upset. He’s acting very strange, nothing like “cool” teacher the students are used to. Finally he comes out with shocking news that there is nothing out there, outside the classroom. The halls, classrooms, and offices are all empty. Everyone has quite simply vanished. But is it real, is he telling the truth or is it a joke? What should the students do? Who wants to be first to leave? Is this the end?

Other plays by author Tim Brown – Irish Jack – play about a young Jewish by who leaves his family to wed his Irish sweetheart.

Author: Tim Brown

Type: One act play

Genre: Teen, sci-fi, comedy script for high school students

Cast: Cast of nine, 6M 3F

Length: Just over 10 minutes

Ages of the actors: One adult, rest teen

Suitable for: All ages to watch, young teens up to perform

Set:TV Studio and classroom – Hamden HS – 8:25
There are a number of editing stations/computers
as well as cameras and equipment used in a high
school TV studio.

Level of difficulty: 6/10 easy dialogue. Creating a believable scenario by building tension

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Copyright © June 2017 Tim Brown and Off The Wall Play Publishers

Like this play? Other teen sci-fi, horror and fantasy plays to thrill you:

Boy-1 – science fiction play for teens
Mirror – play for younger teens in which a princess makes her suitors disappear into an eerie world inside her mirror.
The Witch’s cackle – one act ghost story for Halloween

Holiday Shorts- collection of plays for the holidays


Christmas plays

plays for the holidays

Seven short plays for both children and adults written around various festivals and the holidays such as Chanukah, the Chinese New year and Christmas. The entire evening of Holiday Shorts may be done in approximately 60 minutes, or one or several plays may be performed individually.  Together, there are about 35 roles. No play calls for more than seven actors. The use of puppets is encouraged.

Anansi and his children: An African folk tale about how the fantastic children of Anansi save him when he is swallowed by a giant fish.

Dreidel: A lovely Jewish children’s play set around the festival of Chanukah. A grandparent tells his young granddaughter, Rachel the story of a miracle, that occurred when he was just eight years old. It tells how he accidentally broke his Dreidel that he had carefully made for Chaunkah, and how he was unable to get clay to make another. Until a miracle happened.

First Christmas: A married couple spends their first Christmas together and, despite various setbacks, they discover that their love for each other is all that they need to make Christmas special.

Gifts of the Magi: an adaption of the famous O.Henry tale. A beautiful story about how a poor young couple give up their prized possession to be able to buy each other the perfect Christmas gift.

The Nian: set at the Chinese New Year, a folk tale that tells of how the terrible Nian was banished forever from China by a clever couple that arrive unexpectedly at a terrified village and how the Chinese New year is celebrated every year because of this.

O, Tannenbaum: – a young boy finds his voice at summer camp which brings him closer to his taciturn grandfather.

Yes, Virginia:  a young girl isn’t sure that Santa Claus exists anymore.

Performance History:

December 2015 – The Overseas American Army as part of their Christmas plays
Howard S. Billings High School, Quebec, Canada – 2018
Department of Theater Lafayette College, PA, USA – 2019

Read more about playwright Evan Guilford Blake. Other plays by Evan.

Recently, Evan’ story My Father’s Robe was published online in Wisdom Crieth Without. This is a traditional story, a very gentle piece that I think will appeal, especially, to those who have aging parents.

Author: Evan Guilford-Blake

Genre: Christmas, festival and plays for the holidays for both adults and children. Includes plays to celebrate the African Kwanzaa and the Chinese new year.

Type: Collection of short one act plays

Length: The entire evening of Holiday Shorts may be done in approximately 60 minutes, or one or several plays may be performed individually.

  • Anansi and his Children – nine minutes
  • Dreidel -Twelve minutes
  • First Christmas – Six minutes
  • Gifts of the Magi – Twelve minutes
  • The Nian – Eight minutes
  • O, Tannenbaum – Eleven minutes
  • Yes, Virginia – Eight minutes

Number and ages of actors: Together, there are about 35 roles. No play calls for more than seven actors. The use of puppets is encouraged.

  • Anansi and his Children: 2w (any age), 2m (1 20-50, 1 any age), 1 either (any age), 2 children (1 girl, 1 boy)
  • Dreidel: (1m (80), 1w (45-50), 1 either (50+), 2 children (girl, 8; boy, 8)
  • First Christmas: 1m (54); 1w (37)
  • Gifts of the Magi: 2w (early 20s, 30+), 1m (25), 3 either
  • The Nian: ( 1m (30+), 3 either (2 any age, 1 40+), 2 children (1girl, 1 boy)
  • O, Tannenbaum: 3w (30s, 60s, 30-65), 2m (35-50, 60s), 1 child (boy, 10)
  • Yes, Virginia: 1m (28-35), 3 either (any ages), 1 child (girl, 8)

Suitable for: All ages

Set: Simple – staging with a few simple furnishings can easily be achieved

Level of difficulty:  7/10 – crowd control if the entire show is performed

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Read a Sample of Dreidel

Read a Sample of First Christmas

Cost is $17 for the whole collection

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Licensing and Royalties for Holiday Shorts

Copyright © 2009 as an unpublished dramatic work by
Guilford-Blake corporation. © Off The Wall Plays July 2014 as a published work

Like this play? Other seasonal and festival plays:

A manger carol – nativity play
Santa’s holiday – South African Christmas play script
A Contemporary Christmas carol – modern day Scrooge